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 Prof. Rénette Blignaut

Position: Professor and Deputy Chairperson
Department: Statistics and Population Studies Programme
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Science
Qualifications: PhD (UP), M.Sc (Mathematical Statistics)(UCT), B.Sc. (Hons)(Mathematical Statistics)(UP), B.Sc (Mathematics and Statistics)(UJ)
Tel: 021 959 3034
Fax: 021 959 2909
Email: rblignaut@uwc.ac.za
Research:
 
 
 
 

Biography

 Renette Blignaut is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Statistics and Population Studies Department.  She served as Chairperson from 2005 to March 2012.  She completed her B.Sc. at the Rand Afrikaans University in 1982.  Then started her career at the Medical Research Council.  She completed her Honours in Mathematical Statistics on a part-time basis at the University of Pretoria in 1985.  Rupert International then employed her in their research division as a Statistician.  She returned to the Medical Research Council as a Bio-statistician and on a part-time basis completed her Masters degree in Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cape Town (1990).  At the beginning of 1992 she started her academic career as a senior lecturer in the department of Statistics at the University of the Western Cape.  A Ph.D. was awarded to her in 1995 for a thesis on the “Modeling of claim patterns of members of private medical aid schemes”.  Since then she has been conducting research in various fields namely: Biostatistics, Data Mining and Science Education.  During 2001 she was promoted to associate professor.

Publications

Publications

  • 28 DHET accredited publications;

  • 12 DHET accredited conference publications;

  • 13 peer reviewed publications and theses (not DHET accredited).

Publications (DHET accredited articles* & DHET accredited conference proceedings**)(2010-2014)


  • *Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J. & Renaud, K.V.  Uniformity in the midst of diversity. Journal for Engineering, Design and Technology, 12(4): Accepted July 2014. To be published on 6 October 2014. H-Index:7.

  • *Swart, L.C.., Dreyer, W.P., Van Zyl, P.P, Blignaut, R.J. 2014. Early loading of mandibular implants placed immediately following extraction: a 10-year prospective study of eight patients.  Accepted by The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants in July 2014. November/December 2014 issue of JOMI.5-year Impact Factor: 3.139

  • *Appunni, S.S., Blignaut, R.J. and Lougue, S.  2014. TB/HIV risk factors identified from a General Household Survey of South Africa in 2006  SAHARA: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS (ISSN 1729:0376), (ISSN: 1813-4424 (online). iFirst. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17290376.2014.912588.  Impact Factor of 0.283

  • *Appunni, S.S., Blignaut, R.J. & Longue, S. 2014. Understanding Issues of people living with disabilities in South Africa.  Journals of Asian and African studies.  ISSN: 0021-9096. (ISSN: 0021-9096) (Scimago Lab, Copyright 2007-2013. Data Source: Scopus®), DOI: 10.1177/0021909613500640, 0(0):1-11, http://www.jas.sagepub.com. SCImago Journal Rank Score: 0.293

  • *Blignaut, R.J., Vergnani,T. & Jacobs, J.  2014. Correlates of sexual activity versus non-activity of incoming first-year students at a South African university. African Journal of Aids Research, 13(1):81-91. Impact Factor 2012: 0.262; 5-year Impact Factor: 0.502

  • *Blignaut, R.J., Luus, R., Lombard, R., Latief, A., Kotze, D.  2013.  Maths4Stats: Opleiding vir onderwysers. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie; 32(1): 206-212. doi: 10.4102/satnt.v32i1.405,submitted April 2013, published Nov 2013. ISSN: 0254-3486 (print)  ISSN: 2222-4173 (online).Impact Factor: 1.75 (2011); Impact Factor: 0.26 (2012)

  • **Renaud, K.V., Blignaut, R.J. & Venter, I.M.  2013. Designing Mobile Phone Interfaces for Age Diversity: “One-World” versus Diverse “Islands”.  Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Proceedings, P. Kotzé et al. (Eds.): INTERACT 2013, Part III, LNCS 8119, pp. 1–17, ISBN: 978-3-642-40476-4 (Print) 978-3-642-40477-1 (Online)

  • Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J. & Renaud, K.V.  2013. Reaching out to mobile phone “rookies” in two countries. World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE 2013) in Poland, 2-5 July 2013, Poster with extended abstract. Editors: Nicholas Reynolds, Mary Webb, Maciej Syslo and Valentia Dagiene, Printed in Poland: Uniwersytat Mikolaja Kopernika, ISBN 978-83-231-3095-6, Vol 1:284-5.

  • **Blignaut, R.J., Venter, I.M. & Renaud, K.V.  2013. A bridge over the computer science graduate skill gap.World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE 2013) in Poland, 2-5 July 2013, Editors: Nicholas Reynolds and Mary Webb, Printed in Poland: Uniwersytat Mikolaja Kopernika, ISBN 978-83-231-3090-1, Vol 1:274-283.

  • *Abels, M. & Blignaut, R.J.  2011. High-risk sexual behaviour of sexually active first-year students entering the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.  African Journal of AIDS Research 2011, 10(3): 255– 261.Impact Factor 2012: 0.262; 5-year Impact Factor: 0.502

  • *Blignaut, R.J., Venter, I.M. 2011. ’n Vergelykende studie van toelatingskriteria van ’n seleksie van Suid- Afrikaanse universiteite. Litnet Akademies Jaargang 8(2) – Aug 2011.  http://www.litnet.co.za/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_news_item&cause_id=1270&news_id=107357&cat_id=1905

  • Blignaut, R.J., Vergnani,T. & Jacobs, J.J.  2010. Knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of HIV prevention and HIV infection risks among university students: Findings of a 3 year comparative KAP study. Higher Education HIV/AIDS Conference (HEAIDS) proceedings, 28-30 March 2010, Sandton Sun, Gauteng.

Publications (DHET accredited articles* & DHET accredited conference proceedings**)  (earlier than 2010)

  • *Latief, A. & Blignaut, R.J.  2008.  Factors that relate to throughput of UWC students who did at least one semester of third-year Statistics.  ACTA Academica, 40(1):183:196.

  • Matizirofa, L., Jackson, D. & Blignaut, R.J. 2007.  Predictors of utilisation of maternal health services in Paarl, Rietvlei and Umlazi sites in South Africa.  26th Conference on Priorities in Perinatal Care in Southern Africa, July 2007, Mosselbay, South Africa.

  • Jackson, D., Matizirofa. L., Doherty, T., Loveday, M., Mbombo, N., Chopra, M. & Blignaut, R.J.  2007.  A comparison of maternal health services utilization in HIV positive and HIV negative women in the Good Start PMTCT cohort study.  SA AIDS conference 2007.

  • **Jackson, D., Matizirofa, L. & Blignaut, R.J.  2007.  Development of Indicator Scores Using Items from the WHO Safe Motherhood Needs Assessment to Examine Utilization of Maternal Health Services in South Africa. 135th American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, 3-7 November 2007, Washington, D.C. USA. 

  • Venter, I.M. & Blignaut, R.J. 2007.  Academic dishonesty:  How is it viewed by computer programmers? 15th Improving Student Learning Symposium. 1-3 September 2007, Dublin, Ireland.

  • Blignaut, R.J., Venter, I.M. & Holtman, L.  2005.  Assessment and student learning.  MIPRO2005 Proceedings, May, Opitija, Croatia.  . ISBN 953-233-009-7, pp. 153-158.

  • Venter, I.M. & Blignaut, R.J. 2005.  Computer Science: Selection for success.  MIPRO2005 Proceedings, May, Opitija, Croatia. ISBN 953-233-009-7, pp. 147-152.

  • Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J, & Holtman, L. 2003. A multidisciplinary view on small group learning in the sciences,. 11th International Improving Student Learning Symposium, Hinckley, Leiscestershire, England.

  • Vahed, A., Venter, I.M. & Blignaut, R.J.  2004. Automating statistical procedures from electronic questionnaire data using SAS®.  Proceedings of SEUGI 2004.  SAS Forum International, Copenhagen, Denmark.  Student funded by SAS as best South African student project to be presented at the International SAS Forum.

  • *Blignaut, R.J. & Vergnani, T.  2002. Using data mining techniques to determine variables influencing condom usage versus non-usage in a sample of sexually active adolescents in South Africa.  3rd International Data Mining Conference – Bologna, Italy, September 2002. Data Mining III (ISBN 1-85312- 925-9; ISSN 1470-6326) Editors E Zanazi, CA Brebbia, NFFE Ebecken and P Melli. WIT press, pp. 799-808.

  • **Blignaut, R.J. & Venter, I.M.  2002. Statistical teaching enhanced by teamwork – a multicultural experience in South Africa.  6th International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS6). Invited speaker. Cape Town. 2002.  Proceedings refereed and published on CD: Developing a Statistically Literate Society,edited by Brian Phillips. ICOTS2002 (CD ISBN 085590 782 7).

  • *Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J. & Stoltz, D.  2001. Research Methodologies Explored for a paradigm shift in university teaching.  South African Journal for Higher Education (SAJHE). 15(2):162-169.

  • **Blignaut, R.J., Malan, K. &, Venter, I.M. 2001. The Mythical Three-year Degree: Computer Science at UWC and UCT. Proceedings of South African Computer Lecturer’s Association (SACLA). Bronkhorstspruit, pp. 33-38.

  • *Blignaut, R.J. & Venter, I.M.  2000. Teamwork: can it equip university science student with more than rigid subject knowledge?  Computers & Education, 31(3):265-279. The paper was included in the study material for an Informatics course at the University of Oslo (2001).

  • *Blignaut, R.J., Venter, I.M.  & Cranfield, D.  2000. Fast tracking students from disadvantaged backgrounds into main stream Computer Science.  South African Computer Journal, 26:228-230.

  • **Blignaut, R.J. & Venter, I.M. & Cranfield, D.  2000. Computer based education in a Third World environment: Obstacles in developing a model for distance education in disadvantaged communities. EDICT 2000, Vienna, pp 131 – 138.

  • **Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J. & Stoltz, D.  2000. Tailoring IT education for effective IT professionals in a Third World setting, ECIS 2000 Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Information Systems, Vienna, Volume 1:141-146.

  • **Blignaut, R.J.,Venter, I.M. & Cranfield, D.  2000. Fast tracking students from disadvantaged backgrounds into main stream Computer Science.  SAICSIT 2000, Cape Town, pp 228-230.

  • Blignaut, R.J. & Venter, I.M.  1999. Training Strategies to Underpin Lifelong Learning.  Proceedings of the Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS).  Second General Assembly and International Conference, Cape Town, 8-11 February 1999, (abstract only, p6). 20.  **Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J. & Stoltz, D.    1998.  Collaborative learning paves the way to lifelong learning. Conference proceedings – IFIP – edited by Gordon Davies,Vienna and Budapest, CD. 

  • **Blignaut, R.J., Venter, I.M. & Stoltz, D.  1998.  Chalk and talk versus cooperative learning.  Conference proceedings – IFIP – edited by Gordon Davies, Vienna and Budapest, pp.139-148.

  • Venter, I.M. &  Blignaut, R.J.  Active versus Passive learning: Can teamwork make a difference? Conference proceedings of the First national seminar of Engineering Education, UCT, edited by Jeni Case and Jeff Jawitz, 1997, pp.303-312.

  • **Venter, I.M. & Blignaut, R.J.  1996. Teams create the opportunity for interactive lecturing and cooperative learning.  Conference Proceedings of Fourth CBE/CBT Conference: Information Technology Effective Education/Training, Pretoria, editor PM Alexander, Oct 1996, pp. 15-22.  

  • *Venter, I.M. & Blignaut, R.J. 1996.  Approach to Computer Literacy Education in a Third World setting. Computer & Education, 27(1):23-29.

  • **Venter, I.M. & Blignaut, R.J. 1995. Understanding factors that influence success rate of students in computer literacy, Published in the proceedings of the SAICSIT Research Symposium 1995, pp. 293-296.

  • *Blignaut, R.J. & Dreyer, A.G.  Private Medical Schemes – Dental claims during 1989 and 1990.  1995. Journal of Dental Ass of SA. 50:401-404.

  • Blignaut, R.J.  Quantification and Modelling of claim patterns in Private Medical Schemes – Ph.D. Thesis Univ. Of Pretoria, 1995, March.

  • *Louw,  A.J., Carstens, I.L., Hartshorne, J.E., Blignaut, R.J.  1995.  Effectiveness of Two School-Based Caries Preventive Programs. Journal of Dental Ass of SA, 50:43-49.

  • *Von Schirnding, Y., Strauss, N., Mathee, A., Robertson, P. & Blignaut, R.J.  1991. Sunscreen use and Environmental awareness among beach-goers in Cape Town, South Africa.  Public Health Review, 19(1-4): 209-217.

  • *Flisher, A.J., Roberts, M.M., Blignaut, R.J.  1992. Youth attending Cape Peninsula Day Hospitals: Sexual behaviour and missed opportunities for contraception counseling. SA Medical Journal, 82:104-106. 

  • *Carstens, I.L., Hartshorne, J.E., De Vos, D., Blignaut, R.J. 1992. Oral health status and treatment needs of black college students at Khayelitsha. Journal of the Dental Ass of SA..

  • *Flisher, A.J.& Blignaut, R.J.   1991. Consequences of risk taking behaviour by youth as a reason for presentation at Cape Peninsula Day Hospitals. SA Med. Journal. 79.

  • *Mathews, C., Van der Walt, H., Hewitson, D.W., Toms, I.P., Blignaut, R.J., Yach, D.  1991. Evaluation of a peri-urban community health worker project in the Western Cape. SA Medical Journal, 79:504-510.  Four booklets with the results were published in Xhosa for Millers Camp, Site B Khayelitsha, New Cross Roads and K.T.C. residents.

  • *Von Schirnding, Y.E.R., Yach, D., Blignaut, R.J., Mathews, C. 1991. Environmental determinant of acute respiratory symptoms and diarrhoea in young coloured children living in urban and peri-urban area of South Africa.  SA Medical Journal, 79:457-461.

  • *Coetzee, N., Yach, D., Blignaut, R.J. & Fisher, S.A. 1991. Measles vaccination coverage and its determinants in a rapidly growing peri-urban area SA Med. Journal; 79.

  • *Yach, D., Metcalf, C., Lachman, P., Hussey, G., Subotsky, E., Blignaut, R.J., et al. 1991. Missed opportunities for measles immunisation in selected Western Cape hospitals.  SA Medical Journal, 79:437- 439.

  • Blignaut, R.J.  Discriminant analysis: A Review and its Application to the Classification of Grape Cultivars M.Sc. Thesis – Univ. Of Cape Town, 1989, June.

  • *Falkson, G., Coccia-Portugal, M.A., Vorobiof, D.A., Terblanche, P.S.T, Dreyer, R.J.  1986. Oral Idarubicin in Combination with Cytosine-Arabinoside in Previously Untreated Patients with Acute Non-lymphocytic Leukemia Am J Clin Oncol (CCT); 9(4). 

  • *Loock, M.E., Van der Merwe, C.A., Dreyer, R.J., Van der Walt, F.A. & Van Staden, D.A.  1985. The characteristics of ischaemic heart disease in urban blacks: Proceedings of the fourth inter-disciplinary of the College of Medicine. Editor Prof. Hillel Shapiro

  • *Chasen, M.R., Falkson, G., Van der Merwe, C.A., Dreyer, R.J., Terblanche, A.P.S.  1986. Prognostic factors in patients with small-cell carcinoma of the lung. SA Medical Journal, 70(20). 

  • *Coetzee, A.M., Smith, F.C.A., Van der Merwe, C.A., Dreyer, R.J.  1986.  Die invloed van lugbesoedeling op gesondheid in Sasolburg- gebied SA Med. Journal, 13(13).

  • Blignaut, R.J. & Vergnani, T.  Report on a comparative baseline study on student risk behavior at the Universities of Malawi, Namibia, Western Cape and Zambia, December 2008. (2008 data).

  • Latief, A. & Blignaut, R.J.  2008.  Factors that relate to throughput of UWC students who did at least one semester of third-year Statistics.  ACTA Academica, 40(1):183:196.

  • Blignaut, R.J. & Vergnani, T.  Report on a comparative baseline study on student risk behavior at the Universities of Malawi, Namibia, Western Cape and Zambia, April 2009. (2008 data). (Technical report with 13 Appendices).

  • Blignaut, R.J. & Vergnani, T.  Report on a comparative baseline study on student risk behavior at the Universities of Malawi, Namibia, Western Cape and Zambia, December 2009. (2009 data). (Technical report with 13 Appendices).

  • Blignaut, R.J., Vergnani,T. & Jacobs, J.J.  2010. Knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of HIV prevention and HIV infection risks among university students: Findings of a 3 year comparative KAP study. Higher Education HIV/AIDS Conference (HEAIDS) proceedings, 28-30 March 2010, Sandton Sun, Gauteng.

  • Blignaut, R.J., Venter, I.M. 2011. ’n Vergelykende studie van toelatingskriteria van ’n seleksie van Suid-Afrikaanse universiteite. Litnet Akademies Jaargang 8(2) – Aug 2011.  http://www.litnet.co.za/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_news_item&cause_id=1270&news_id=107357&cat_id=1905

  • Abels, M. & Blignaut, R.J.  2011. High-risk sexual behaviour of sexually active first-year students entering the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.  African Journal of AIDS Research 2011, 10(3): 255–261.

  • Blignaut, R.J., Venter, I.M. & Renaud, K.V.  2013. A bridge over the computer science graduate skill gap.  World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE 2013) in Poland, 2-5 July 2013, Editors: Nicholas Reynolds and Mary Webb, Printed in Poland: Uniwersytat Mikolaja Kopernika, ISBN 978-83-231-3090-1, Vol 1:274-283.

  • Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J. & Renaud, K.V.  2013. Reaching out to mobile phone “rookies” in two countries. World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE 2013) in Poland, 2-5 July 2013, Poster. Editors: Nicholas Reynolds, Mary Webb, Maciej Syslo and Valentia Dagiene, Printed in Poland: Uniwersytat Mikolaja Kopernika, ISBN 978-83-231-3095-6, Vol 1:284-5.

  • Renaud, K.V., Blignaut, R.J. & Venter, I.M.  2013. Designing Mobile Phone Interfaces for Age Diversity: “One-World” versus Diverse “Islands”.  Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Proceedings, P. Kotzé et al. (Eds.): INTERACT 2013, Part III, LNCS 8119, pp. 1–17, ISBN: 978-3-642-40476-4 (Print) 978-3-642-40477-1 (Online)

  • Blignaut, R.J., Luus, R., Lombard, R., Latief, A., Kotze, D.  2013.  Maths4Stats: Opleiding vir onderwysers.  Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie; 32(1): 206-212. doi: 10.4102/satnt.v32i1.405, submitted April 2013, published Nov 2013. ISSN: 0254-3486 (print)  ISSN: 2222-4173 (online).

  • Blignaut, R.J. Statistical report on MAT105 performance, UWC, August 2013.

  • Blignaut, R.J., Vergnani,T. & Jacobs, J.  2014. Correlates of sexual activity versus non-activity of incoming first-year students at a South African university. African Journal of Aids Research, 13(1):81-91.

  • Susuman, A.S., Blignaut, R.J. & Longue, S. 2014. Understanding Issues ofpeople living with disabilities in South Africa.  Journals of Asian and African studies.  ISSN: 0021-9096. (ISSN: 0021-9096) (ScimagoLab, Copyright 2007-2013. Data Source: Scopus®), DOI: 10.1177/0021909613500640.​

  • Susuman, A.S., Blignaut, R.J. and Lougue, S.  2014. TB/HIV risk factors identified from a General Household Survey of South Africa in 2006  SAHARA: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS (ISSN 1729:0376), (ISSN: 1813-4424 (online). iFirst.

  •  Coetzee, A.M., Smith, F.C.A., Van der Merwe, C.A., Dreyer, R.J.   Die invloed van lugbesoedeling op gesondheid in Sasolburg- gebied SA Med. Journal, Sept 1986. 13(13).

  • Chasen, M.R., Falkson, G., Van der Merwe, C.A., Dreyer, R.J., Terblanche, A.P.S.  Prognostic factors in patients with small-cell carcinoma of the lung. SA Medical Journal, Dec 1986, 70(20). 

  • Loock, M.E., Van der Merwe, C.A., Dreyer, R.J., Van der Walt, F.A. & Van Staden, D.A.  The characteristics of ischaemic heart disease in urban blacks: Proceedings of the fourth inter-disciplinary of the College of Medicine. 1985. Editor Prof. Hillel Shapiro

  • Falkson, G., Coccia-Portugal, M.A., Vorobiof, D.A., Terblanche, P.S.T, Dreyer, R.J. Oral Idarubicin in Combination with Cytosine-Arabinoside in Previously Untreated Patients with Acute Non-lymphocytic Leukemia Am J Clin Oncol (CCT) 1986, 9(4). 

  • Blignaut, R.J.  Discriminant analysis: A Review and its Application to the Classification of Grape Cultivars – M.Sc. Thesis - Univ. of Cape Town, 1989, June.

  • Yach, D., Metcalf, C., Lachman, P., Hussey, G., Subotsky, E., Blignaut, R.J., et al. Missed opportunities for measles immunisation in selected Western Cape hospitals.  SA Medical Journal, Apr 1991, 79, pp. 437-439.

  • Coetzee, N., Yach, D., Blignaut, R.J. & Fisher, S.A. Measles vaccination coverage and its determinants in a rapidly growing peri-urban area SA Med. Journal; 1991, 79.

  • Von Schirnding, Y.E.R., Yach, D., Blignaut, R.J., Mathews, C. Environmental determinant of acute respiratory symptoms and diarrhoea in young coloured children living in urban and peri-urban area of South Africa.  SA Medical Journal, Apr 1991, 79, pp. 457-461.

  • Mathews, C., Van der Walt, H., Hewitson, D.W., Toms, I.P., Blignaut, R.J., Yach, D. Evaluation of a peri-urban community health worker project in the Western Cape. SA Medical Journal, Apr 1991, 79, pp. 504-510.  Four booklets with the results were published in Xhosa for Millers Camp, Site B Khayelitsha, New Cross Roads and K.T.C. residents.

  • Flisher, A.J., Blignaut, R.J. Consequences of risk taking behaviour by youth as a reason for presentation at Cape Peninsula Day Hospitals.  SA Med. Journal. 1991.

  • Carstens, I.L., Hartshorne, J.E., De Vos, D., Blignaut, R.J. Oral health status and treatment needs of black college students at Khayelitsha. Journal of the Dental Ass of SA. 1992.

  • Flisher, A.J., Roberts, M.M., Blignaut, R.J.  Youth attending Cape Peninsula Day Hospitals: Sexual behaviour and missed opportunities for contraception counseling. SA Medical Journal, 1992, 82, pp.104-106.

  • Von Schirnding, Y., Strauss, N., Mathee, A., Robertson, P. &Blignaut, R.J.  Sunscreen use and Environmental awareness among beach-goers in Cape Town, South Africa.  Public Health Review, 1991; 19(1-4): pp. 209-217.

  • Louw,  A.J., Carstens, I.L., Hartshorne, J.E., Blignaut, R.J.  Effectiveness of Two School-Based Caries Preventive Programs. Journal of Dental Ass of SA, Feb 1995, 50, pp. 43-49.

  • Blignaut, R.J.  Quantification and Modelling of claim patterns in Private Medical Schemes - Ph.D. Thesis - Univ. of Pretoria, 1995, March.

  • Blignaut, R.J. & Dreyer, A.G.  Private Medical Schemes - Dental claims during 1989 and 1990.  Journal of Dental Ass of SA. 1995, 50, pp. 401-404.

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J. Understanding factors that influence success rate of students in computer literacy, Published in the proceedings of the SAICSIT Research Symposium 1995, pp. 293-296.

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J.  Approach to Computer Literacy Education in a Third World setting.  Computer & Education, 1996, 27(1), pp. 23-29.

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J.  Teams create the opportunity for interactive lecturing and cooperative learning.  Conference Proceedings of Fourth CBE/CBT Conference: Information Technology Effective Education/Training, Pretoria, editor PM Alexander, Oct 1996, pp. 15-22.  

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J.  Active versus Passive learning: Can teamwork make a difference? Conference proceedings of the First national seminar of Engineering Education, UCT, edited by Jeni Case and Jeff Jawitz, 1997, pp.303-312.

  • Blignaut, R.J., Venter, I.M. & Stoltz, D.  Chalk and talk versus cooperative learning.  Conference proceedings – IFIP – edited by Gordon Davies, Vienna and Budapest, 1998, pp.139-148.

  • Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J.& Stoltz, D.    Collaborative learning paves the way to lifelong learning. Conference proceedings – IFIP – edited by Gordon Davies,Vienna and Budapest, 1998, CD. 

  • Blignaut, R.J.& Venter, I.M.  Training Strategies to Underpin Lifelong Learning.  Proceedings of the Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS).  Second General Assembly and International Conference, Cape Town, 8-11 February 1999, (abstract only, p6).

  • Blignaut, R.J.,Venter, I.M. & Cranfield, D.  Fast tracking students from disadvantaged backgrounds into main stream Computer Science.  SAICSIT 2000, November 2000, Cape Town, pp 228-230.

  • Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J. & Stoltz, D.  Tailoring IT education for effective IT professionals in a Third World setting, ECIS 2000 Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Information Systems, July 2000. Vienna, Volume 1, pp 141-146.

  • Blignaut, R.J.& Venter, I.M. &Cranfield, D.  Computer based education in a Third World environment: Obstacles in developing a model for distance education in disadvantaged communities.  EDICT 2000, December 2000, Vienna, pp 131 – 138.

  • Blignaut, R.J., Venter, I.M.  &Cranfield, D.  Fast tracking students from disadvantaged backgrounds into main stream Computer Science.  South African Computer Journal, Number 26 November 2000, pp 228-230.

  • Blignaut, R.J.& Venter, I.M.  Teamwork: can it equip university science student with more than rigid subject knowledge?  Computers & Education. 2000, 31(3), pp265-279.

  • Blignaut, R.J., Malan, K. &, Venter, I.M. The Mythical Three-year Degree: Computer Science at UWC and UCT. Proceedings of South African Computer Lecturer’s Association (SACLA). Bronkhorstspruit. 2001, pp. 33-38.

  • Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J. &Stoltz, D.  Research Methodologies Explored for a paradigm shift in university teaching.  South African Journal for Higher Education (SAJHE). 2001, 15(2), pp 162-169.

  • Blignaut, R.J. & Venter, I.M.  Statistical teaching enhanced by teamwork - a multicultural experience in South Africa.  6th International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS6). Invited speaker.  Cape Town. 2002.  Proceedings refereed and published on CD: Developing a Statistically Literate Society, edited by Brian Phillips. ICOTS2002 (CD ISBN 085590 782 7).

  • Blignaut, R.J.&Vergnani, T.  Using data mining techniques to determine variables influencing condom usage versus non-usage in a sample of sexually active adolescents in South Africa.  3rd International Data Mining Conference – Bologna, Italy, September 2002. Data Mining III (ISBN 1-85312-925-9; ISSN 1470-6326) Editors E Zanazi, CA Brebbia, NFFE Ebecken and P Melli. WIT press, pp. 799-808.

  • Vahed, A., Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J.  Automating statistical procedures from electronic questionnaire data using SAS®.  Proceedings of SEUGI 2004.  SAS Forum International, Copenhagen, Denmark.  June 2004. Student funded by SAS as best South African student project to be presented at the International SAS Forum.

  • Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J, & Holtman, L. A multidisciplinary view on small group learning in the sciences,. 11th International Improving Student Learning Symposium. 2003, Hinckley, Leiscestershire, England, September 2003.

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J. 2005.  Computer Science: Selection for success.  MIPRO2005, May, Opitija, Croatia. ISBN 953-233-009-7, pp. 147-152.

  • Blignaut, R.J., Venter, I.M. & Holtman, L.  2005.  Assessment and student learning.  MIPRO2005, May, Opitija, Croatia.  . ISBN 953-233-009-7, pp. 153-158.

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J. 2007.  Academic dishonesty:  How is it viewed by computer programmers? 15th Improving Student Learning Symposium. 1-3 September 2007, Dublin, Ireland.

  • Jackson, D., Matizirofa, L. &Blignaut, R.J.  2007.  Development of Indicator Scores Using Items from the WHO Safe Motherhood Needs Assessment to Examine Utilization of Maternal Health Services in South Africa. 135th American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, 3-7 November 2007, Washington, D.C. USA. 

  • Jackson, D., Matizirofa. L., Doherty, T., Loveday, M., Mbombo, N., Chopra, M. &Blignaut, R.J.  2007.  A comparison of maternal health services utilization in HIV positive and HIV negative women in the Good Start PMTCT cohort study.  SA AIDS conference 2007.

  • Matizirofa, L., Jackson, D. &Blignaut, R.J. 2007.  Predictors of utilisation of maternal health sevices in Paarl, Rietvlei and Umlazi sites in South Africa.  26th Conference on Priorities in Perinatal Care in Southern Africa, July 2007, Mosselbay, South Africa.

  • Latief, A. &Blignaut, R.J.  2008.  Factors that relate to throughput of UWC students who did at least one semester of third-year Statistics.  ACTA Academica, 40(1):183:196.

  • Blignaut, R.J., Vergnani,T. & Jacobs, J.J.  2010. Knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of HIV prevention and HIV infection risks among university students: Findings of a 3 year comparative KAP study. Higher Education HIV/AIDS Conference (HEAIDS) proceedings, 28-30 March 2010, Sandton Sun, Gauteng.

  • Blignaut, R.J., Venter, I.M. 2011. ’n Vergelykendestudie van toelatingskriteria van ’n seleksie van Suid-Afrikaanseuniversiteite. LitnetAkademiesJaargang 8(2) – Aug 2011.  http://www.litnet.co.za/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_news_item&cause_id=1270&news_id=107357&cat_id=1905

  • Abels, M. &Blignaut, R.J.  High-risk sexual behaviour of sexually active first-year students entering the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.  African Journal of AIDS Research 2011, 10(3): 255–261.

​Technical Reports

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J.  Understanding Factors that Influence Success Rate of Students in Computer Literacy. UWK-TRB/95-02, July 1995.

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J.  Understanding Factors that Influence Success Rate of Students in Computer Literacy  (1995 Follow-up Survey). UWC-TRB/96-01, May 1996.

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J.  Computer Science a Team Effort?  Using Psychometric Profiles in Team Construction.  UWC-TRB/97-01, May 1997.

  • Blignaut, R.J.& Venter, I.M.  Alternative teaching methods in Statistics explored, UWC-TRB/98-01, September 1998.

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J.  A changing world necessitates new teaching methodologies, UWC-TRB/98-02, September 1998.

  • Blignaut, R.J.& Venter, I.M.  Towards the 21st century – new trends in tertiary education. UWC-TRB/99-01, March 1999.

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J.  Computer Literacy enhanced by Computer Based Training.  Is it the way forward? UWC-TRB/2000-02, June 2000.

  • Blignaut, R.J.& Venter, I.M. Exploring new avenues of teaching Statistics.  UWC-TRB/2000-03, Dec 2000/ Jan2001.

  • Venter, I.M. &Blignaut, R.J.   Investigating small group learning in a first year Computer Science course UWC-TRB/2002-01.  Dec2002/Apr2003.

  • Blignaut, R.J. & Venter, I.M.  Can small group learning enhance knowledge acquisition of statistical concepts? UWC-TRB/2002-02.  Sep 2002.

  • Venter, I.M., Blignaut, R.J.&Holtman, L.  The challenge of implementing small group learning to promote conceptualization in the sciences.  UWC-TRB/2002-04.  Dec2002/Mar2003.

  • Kruger, B., Kotze, D. &Blignaut, R.J.  A first exercise in Data Warehousing in Statistics.  UWC-TRB/2003-05.  

  • Blignaut, R.J., Holtman, L.H. with inputs by L Jonker.  Towards the Development of a Four Year B.Sc. Degree at UWC. UWC-TRB/2004-03.  Feb 2004.  ISBN NR 1-86808-609-7.  

  • Vergnani, T., Blignaut, R.J.& Jacobs, J.J.  2004.  HIV and Aids related knowledge attitudes and sexual behaviour of first time entering students at the University of the Western Cape.

  • Vergnani, T., Blignaut, R.J.& Jacobs, J.J.  2005.  HIV and Aids related knowledge attitudes and sexual behaviour of first time entering students at the University of the Western Cape.

  • Vergnani, T. Malungo, J., Blignaut, R.J.,Ndubani, P., Jacobs, J.J. &Selati, F.  2005.  A comparison of HIV/Aids related knowledge, attitudes and sexual behaviour of first time entering students at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Zambia.

  • Venter, I.M.&Blignaut, R.J.  2007.  “Peer loyalty and plagiarism in the programming environment.”  Technical Report - UWC-TRB/2007-01.  ISBN 978-1-86808-654-2.

  • Blignaut, R.J. & Venter, I.M. 2007.  “Programming and academic dishonesty in context (lecturers’ and postgraduate students’ perceptions).”  Technical Report - UWC-TRB/2007-02. ISBN 978-1-86808-655-9.

  • Blignaut, R.J.&Vergnani, T.  Report on a comparative baseline study on student risk behavior at the Universities of Malawi, Namibia, Western Cape and Zambia, April 2008. (2007 data).

  • Blignaut, R.J. &Vergnani, T.  Report on a comparative baseline study on student risk behavior at the Universities of Malawi, Namibia, Western Cape and Zambia, December 2008. (2008 data).

  • Blignaut, R.J.&Vergnani, T.  Report on a comparative baseline study on student risk behavior at the Universities of Malawi, Namibia, Western Cape and Zambia, April 2009. (2008 data). (Technical report with 13 Appendices).

  • Blignaut, R.J.&Vergnani, T.  Report on a comparative baseline study on student risk behavior at the Universities of Malawi, Namibia, Western Cape and Zambia, December 2009. (2009 data). (Technical report with 13 Appendices).

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